Rapper 50 Cent Reaches Settlement with Floridians in Lawsuit Over Fake Penis Enlargement Ad
Thursday, April 13, 2023
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
On February 21, 2023, Houston rapper 50 Cent settled a lawsuit with a publication over alleged false penis enlargement claims. The rapper, whose real name is Curtis J. Jackson III, sued The Shade Room LLC using three alternative theories of defamation, per se, per quod, and by implication.
The lawsuit revolved around a website article and social media posts, including a photo of him standing next to Angela Kogan of Perfection Plastic Surgery & Medspa in Florida. Both Kogan and Perfection are also named in the rapper's complaint, which you can read here.
The rapper initially sued Kogan in September 2022. He maintains that she stole a photo of him to promote her business under the false pretense he’d used the company’s services. In addition, he accused The Shade Room of further enlarging the story by re-posting it and opening him up to further “ridicule.” 50 Cent and his legal team claimed: “By publishing the article and falsely stating or implying that Jackson had received plastic surgery procedures from Kogan or MedSpa, or the penile enhancement or other procedures described in the article, TSR committed a clear act of defamation.
According to the settlement notice, 50 Cent and the publication "are in the process of executing their respective obligations pursuant to the agreement." Additionally, it stated that a notice of voluntary dismissal would be forthcoming. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. You can read the notice of settlement in the case here.
For more information on this case, read my prior blog.
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